Behavioral, Social, and Implementation Sciences Core



Judith T. Moskowitz, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Northwestern University
BSIS Core Director

Alida Bouris, Ph.D., M.S.W.
The University of Chicago
BSIS Core Co-Director


Internal Advisory Committee
C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Frank J. Penedo, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Dexter R. Voisin, Ph.D.
The University of Chicago

Leyla Ismayilova, Ph.D., M.Sc., M.S.W.
The University of Chicago

Scientific Agenda

The Behavioral, Social, and Implementation Science (BSIS) Core provides infrastructure that enables investigators in the Third Coast CFAR to address the contextual factors driving HIV/AIDS among vulnerable populations and to increase the ability of combined biomedical, behavioral, and structural interventions to contribute to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.


Chicago and Statewide HIV Surveillance and Public Health Data

The BSIS Core facilitates collaborations between Third Coast CFAR scientists, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health to leverage epidemiological, National HIV Behavioral Surveillance, and medical monitoring data for use in research grants and projects.

Presentations from the BSIS core’s workshop on surveillance data and CDPH resources are available here.

Implementation Science Training and Consultation

The BSIS core offers consultative services, training, and research navigation in Implementation Science to assist members in adopting and integrating evidence-based HIV/AIDS interventions and practices in community settings. Working with the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) and the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), the BSIS core organized a series of online workshops tailored to HIV researchers. Access the trainings here.

GIS Services

In health research, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an innovative way to visualize trends in data, such as HIV incidence relative to location or other contextual factors. BSIS Core GIS services include categorical, pattern, and buffer analysis. Geocoding services are also available. View more examples of maps tailored using local data in the GIS map gallery. To request GIS services or consultation, please visit the Find a Service page.

Research Participant Registry

Recruitment is often one of the most challenging aspects of HIV research. The CFAR facilitates recruitment of Chicago residents age 16+ who are interested in participating in HIV-related studies. The BSIS core populates the “CHAMP” registry through online and venue-based outreach, with a special emphasis on engaging Young Men who have Sex with Men. In addition to collecting relevant contact information (eg. email address and phone number), the CHAMP dataset also includes self-reported HIV status and testing patterns, race/ethnicity, sexual and gender identity, zip code and more. Participants involved in CHAMP update these responses quarterly. If you are interested in the CHAMP registry as a recruitment tool for your project, please visit the Find a Service page.

Social and Behavioral Measures

The BSIS Core will house an online database of commonly used and well-validated surveys and scales for HIV/AIDS research in the social and behavioral sciences.

Research Design Services

Experts from the BSIS Core will provide critical review of study designs and data analysis plans, as well as expert advice during research implementation, manuscript preparation and grant applications.

Statistical Consulting

Research Navigation through the Administrative Core will link members to appropriate behavioral and social science statistical resources across partner sites, as well to new “system science” approaches through the Northwestern University Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology.